Thursday, July 4

Doors: 11:00 AM
Showtime: 11:00 AM

Chautauqua Green

Free to the public

Join us on the Chautauqua Green this Independence Day for an iconic concert full of celebration!

There is something about a community band that makes a growing city seem more like a small town, where everybody matters.  Like Chautauqua, the Boulder Concert Band has a distinguished  local history.  Among the very first musical organizations in Boulder, its first records of a performing band in Boulder date back to 1870. The ICC Silver Cornet Band, as it was known, performed weekly concerts in the pioneer town of Boulder. In 1897, a larger band was formed.  Called the Boulder Band, this group was said to be the best organization of its type in Colorado. Several decades later, the Boulder Municipal Band was formed and was the first to include women musicians.  The Boulder Concert Band as we know it today was reorganized in 1976 by the late Hugh McMillen, former director of bands at the University of Colorado. Considered to be one of the premier adult community bands in the state, the current organization has more than 60 volunteer musicians from the business, professional, and educational communities in the Boulder County and Denver metro area.

This year’s concert will feature special guest conductor, Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier, who has prepared a rousing July 4th program.

Colonel Palmatier was appointed Leader and Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in August 2011 until his retirement in December 2014. His distinguished military career spanned more than 37 years as the Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the largest military music unit in the United States, and the senior musician in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Colonel Palmatier commanded the Musical Ambassadors of the Army, The U.S. Army Field Band, and was the first Officer to command both of the Army’s top premier bands. Other postings included founding Commandant (dean equivalent) of the U.S. Army School of Music, Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, Commander and Conductor of The U.S. Continental Army Band, and Associate Bandmaster of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” where he directed The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and The Army Brass Band.